Inspire Family Newsletter

News and updates for families of Inspire students

June 5, 2020

Dear Inspire Family:


As we say goodbye to another difficult year, I want to acknowledge the events of the past weeks, and the extent to which the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police has deepened the wounds of our Black students and families. I stand with those calling for a reckoning of America’s past injustices and for a new commitment to live out our shared democratic values that include equal protection by law.


Inspire School of Arts and Science calls itself a School for Everyone, and our vision statement includes a commitment to providing a place where “all students feel safe, appreciated, and respected.” We strive to live out these values by putting in place processes that examine the results of our educational programs on students of all races, ethnicities, ability and backgrounds and by creating school goals aimed at increasing equity at all levels. In the classroom, our teachers work to cultivate respectful spaces for discussions about race, and to provide opportunities for students of color to tell their stories and be heard.


We acknowledge that, as a school, we are part of an American system of education that has either been complicit in--or played an active part in--expanding the stranglehold of racial injustice in our society. We rise in agreement with Ta-Nehisi Coates, who says that “an America that asks what it owes its most vulnerable citizens is improved and humane. An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future.” We commit to engaging in the long-term, difficult work of owning and addressing our biases, elevating the voices of those impacted by racial injustice, and putting our resources and energy toward positive change.


With gratitude and hope,



Becky Brown

Principal/Superintendent

Inspire School of Arts and Sciences

(530) 230-7758

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Summer Resources for Inspire Students and Families

The Inspire office will be open between June 5 and August 7 on Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Feel free to call (530) 891-3090 and leave a message outside of office hours.


If your student is in need of support during the summer, the following resources are available:


Support Lines:


Behavioral Health Crisis Lines

24 hours a day/7 days a week

800.334.6622, or

530.891.2810


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800.273.TALK (8255)

Chat online at: suicidepreventionlifeline.org


Crisis Text Line

Text "LISTEN" to 741741


Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+)

866.488.7386


North Valley Talk Line

11:30 am - 9:30 pm/7 days a week

855.582.5554


Care Solace

Care Solace is an online resource with a live, multilingual Care Concierge meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health related programs and counseling services. Care Solace's web-based system works alongside our multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) as a tool for school staff and families to connect with community-based mental healthcare resources and providers. The proprietary care navigation system taps into a vast database of mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted local and online therapists and programs in minutes.


School district staff and families may access Care Solace services in two ways:


1. Call (888) 515-0595 or email weserve@caresolace.org to speak with someone from the Care Concierge team.

  • Representatives are standing by to take your call, email or video chat 24/7

2. Visit Inspire's link at caresolace.com/inspirefamilies

  • Answer ten simple questions on their confidential platform and get matched with local and online providers in minutes.
  • Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and those that have no insurance. The provider will also be specific to age, gender, zip code and any special requests.
  • If you’d like assistance finding a provider and/or booking an appointment, the Care Concierge can make the phone calls on your behalf, help you navigate who accepts your insurance, and any other special requests, saving you precious time in your busy schedules.

Care Solace is available for use by Inspire students and families at no cost. All information shared with Care Solace or entered on their website is completely confidential and securely stored. They do not share specific user information to any third parties or even the district itself.


Please note, this service is an optional free resource available to families of Inspire. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please give them a call at (888) 515-0595.


6th Street Center - The 6th Street Center, a program of Youth for Change, is open to youth ages 14-24 that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Services include basic needs (laundry facilities, showers, and afternoon meals), education support, employment development, and family reunification assistance, and referral to community services.


130 W 6th Street

Chico, CA 95928

530.894.8008

ww.6thstreetcenter.org


Homeless Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) - The Homeless Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) program provides street outreach services, a 24/7 crisis hotline and mobile response, emergency shelter, assessment, case management, and brief individual and family counseling to stabilize living situations and strengthen families.


1.877.478.6292 or 1.877.4.RunAWAY

Help Central - 211 Butte County, click here


Summer Nutrition Services


Chico Unified School District's Nutrition Services Department will continue offering FREE curbside meals for Inspire students all summer!


Meals are served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. During this time, two lunches and two breakfast meals will be provided for each student! Students can receive six days of meals with only three days of leaving the house!

Meals are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Serving locations are:

  • Bidwell Junior High
  • Chico Junior High
  • Citrus Elementary
  • Chapman Elementary
  • Little Chico Creek Elementary


* Please note: Students must be present to receive a meal. Free meals are available to any student in the community age 18 years or younger (regardless of school).

* Schedule note: The Summer Feeding Program runs from 6/8/20-8/14/20. There will be no food service on Friday, July 3, 2020.

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Inspire Yearbooks Are Almost Here!

Have you already bought your Inspire Yearbook?


Monday, June 8th is pick up day, bring your own pen to sign that you picked up the book


  • 10-10:30am: Seniors A-G
  • 10:30-11:00am: Seniors H-Z
  • 11:30-12:00: Juniors A-G
  • 12:00-12:30: Juniors H-Z
  • 12:30-1:00 Sophomores A-G
  • 1-1:30 Sophomores H-Z
  • 1:30-2:00 Freshman A-G
  • 2:00-2:30 Freshman H-Z

Can't make your appointment? Want to purchase a book? (first come first serve)


  • 2:30-3:30 Anyone who could not make their appointed time or wants to purchase any books remaining

What it looks like:


  • Drive in the west entrance gate & come around to the furthest aisle, towards the Inspire entrance
  • We will have the table/books 2-3 parking spots west of the Inspire entrance
  • Drive up to the table (or wait in line until getting to table)
  • You will sign for your book
  • You are handed the book, and drive out the east exit gate
  • You cannot pick up someone elses book without prior permission emailed to bhawkins@inspirechico.org
  • Buying a book? While supplies last- Bring exact change or check at the 2:30-3:30 timeslot
  • Can't make these? Pick up any time the Inspire office is open (9-3 Tuesday-Friday of next week)
  • Order online until Sunday midnight, or until supplies run out. yearbookordercenter.com school code 16210

Any questions? Email Ms. Hawkins- bhawkins@inspirechico.org!


So excited for you to get your book that the yearbook staff worked countless hours on to help capture and document this year for you!

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Students Enrolled in AP Courses for 2020-21

Dear students enrolled in AP Courses for 2020-21:


It is your responsibility to understand the expectations for summer work for each of your upcoming Advanced Placement classes. If you did not attend the mandatory meetings to receive summer assignments, you will need to reach out to your teachers to find out what you missed. Students who do not complete the summer assignments may be dropped from AP classes at the beginning of the year.


Thank you for being responsible and for taking on new challenges next year!


Sincerely,


Mrs. Brown

Help Support our Capital Campaign!

For ten years, Inspire School of Arts and Sciences has offered thousands of students the opportunity to receive an education like no other in the North State. Our academics are off the charts, with courses taught by master teachers who are passionate about their craft. Our block schedule allows students to explore their passions and deepen their love of learning in the areas of dance, theatre, vocal and instrumental music, recording arts, production, digital media arts, visual arts, science and engineering. Our Advisory program and small-school atmosphere help create a vibrant and close-knit educational community. All this is delivered on a campus that is not adequate to the needs of our innovative programs. We have the plans and partial funding in place to build a campus worthy of our outstanding education model, with a community theatre space to house our Broadway-level productions, a maker space to house our innovative design and engineering programs, and state-of-the art facilities to accommodate our career-technical education courses. However, we need to raise $10 million in two years to match state grant funding for our initial phase plan. We need you to consider how you might help!


You can give a monthly donation here.


You can give a gift of cash here.


You can start a peer-to-peer fundraising page here.


You can spread the word, donate your time, or help in so many ways by emailing the Inspire Foundation's Development Director, Celeste Cramer, at ccramer@inspirechico.org.


Thank you for your partnership in making our dream school happen!